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Bringing down the curtain on the 2017 season, we had a Mezzalama Trophy full of dramatic twists and turns, in both the men’s and women’s races.  After much drama with lots of overtaking, in the end victory went to the team representing the Italian Alpine corps, Michele Boscacci – Matteo Eydallin – Damiano Lenzi, and in the women’s race to the team made up of French athlete Laetitia Roux, Emelie Forsberg from Sweden and Jennifer Fiechter from Switzerland.  
 
At dawn, the 297 three-man teams set off from the centre of Cervinia, accompanied by fireworks and the military brass band (“fanfara”) of the Val d’Ossola Bersaglieri. Awaiting them were 37km and over 3000m of elevation gain, with some stretches at altitudes of over 4000m on the legendary peaks of Mt. Castor and the Naso del Lyskamn. To live up to its name the glacier marathon has to be hard-fought, and hard-fought it was – for the joy of the thousands of spectators who got up in the middle of the night to follow this epic race, and for all the fans who followed it in live streaming from the comfort of their homes.
 
Trying to upset the apple cart were Kilian Jornet, Werner Marti and Martin Anthamatten. The Italian army athletes Damiano Lenzi, Michele Boscacci and Matteo Eydallin had to struggle much harder than they expected before they managed to pass them on the last downhill, crossing the finish line in 4h18’50”, with a 2’18” lead over the Swiss-Catalan team.   This is the fourth Mezzalama won by Eydallin, the third by Lenzi and the second by the younger athlete Boscacci.
 
Taking a third place that was never under threat were William Boffelli, Pietro Lanfranchi and Jakob Herrmann, who finished 12’33” behind the leaders. Fourth were Nadir Maguet, Manfred Reichegger and Robert Antonioli, fifth Valentin Favre, Filippo Barazzuol and Alexis Sévennec.
 
A bitter-sweet end to the race for the women’s team made up of Katia Tomatis, Alba De Silvestro and Axelle Mollaret who were out in front right up to the last downhill rush towards Gressoney before being passed by Jennifer Fiechter, Emelie Forsberg and Laetitia Roux. The winners of the 2017 trophy crossed the finish line with a time of 5h37’49”, a mere 2’12” ahead of the two Italians and the French athlete Mollaret. In third place were the sisters Annie – Katrine Bieler and their team member from Friuli Dimitra Teocharis.

High mountains, steep couloirs, and crampons gave the upcoming generations of ski-mountaineers their first taste of the Glacier Marathon.  The second edition of the Mezzalama Jeunes, a race designed specifically for the Junior and Cadet categories and forming part of La Grande Course Jeunes circuit, started off this morning from the Cime Bianche cable car station at Breuil-Cervinia. The course, designed by François Cazzanelli and Stefano Stradelli and supervised by the technical director of the Mezzalama Trophy, Adriano Favre, presented athletes in the Junior M category with an elevation gain of 1000 metres spread over three climbs, with three bootpacking stretches (on foot with skis in the backpack); while the youngsters in the Cadet M/F and Junior F categories had to tackle a shorter 880-metre-long course.
 
In the Junior category, Sébastien and Fabien Guichardaz, hot favourites on the eve of the race, fulfilled expectations by winning in 1:23’56’’.  Coming in just behind them were a French team made up of Ciferman Esteban and Bastien Flammier and the Oropa Team with Lorenzo Bozino and Gabriele Gazzetto.  In the Junior girls’ race, the French pair Ceelia Perillat Pessey and Marie Pollet-Villard were the clear winners with a time of 1:25’04. In second place were two Italian girls, Giorgia Feliciti and Melanie Ploner, while Francesca Zucco and Olesia Ronzon came third. In the girls’ Cadet category, Aurelie Avanturier and Anna Folini came first with a time of 1:50’45’’, while victory in the boys’ Cadet race went to Matteo Sostizzo and Mattia Tanara, in front of Alessandro Morandini and Pietro Festini Purlan. The winning time was 1:16’02’’.  Stepping onto the podium in third place was the team made up of Albert Gontier and Alessandro Mantega.

The Mezzalama Trophy, the last race of the season in the La Grande Course circuit, will once again be streamed live as it was two years ago. Following the previous season’s extraordinary success, with an audience of over 53,000 people from more than 100 different countries, Adriano Favre and his staff have confirmed that the race will be shown live on the event’s official digital channels:

Website: http://www.trofeomezzalama.it
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/TrofeoMezzalamaVDA
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TrofeoMezzalama
 
But that’s not all: around fifteen other websites specialising in mountain sports and outdoor activities have also enthusiastically agreed to host the live online streaming of the Trophy’s XXI edition. Coverage will start at 8.30 a.m. on 22 April, with a running commentary by Eurosport commentator and official ‘voice’ of all La Grande Course stages, Silvano Gadin.

 

As in 2015, the Mezzalama Trophy will once again be one of the stages in La Grande Course Jeunes, with a special course and a whole day dedicated to the coming generation of ski-mountaineers. A day in which the spotlight will be entirely on the champions of the future. The Mezzalama Jeunes will be a spectacular and technically demanding competition raced at an altitude of between 2,800 and 3,500 metres, starting from the Cime Bianche-Laghi and reaching a height of 3,480 metres at the Plateau Rosà. The course is entirely off-piste and involves various transitions and some difficult technical stretches, such as the Theodul Pass which has to be tackled on foot, with crampons on, and skis tied to the backpack. This way, youngsters in the Cadet and Junior categories can get their first taste of what makes the Mezzalama Trophy so special. Further info on:
http://www.trofeomezzalama.it

 


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